Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and welcome to the dog days of summer. And
if you were watching certain programming this week, you know the meaning of the
Chico: And not in the colloquialism sense, either.
Jason: Who let the dogs out...WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF!
Chico: That is so summer of 2000, J.
Gordon: I blame ABC and GSN for that, but we'll get to that later on in the show
Jason: I saw two gems this week.
Gordon: I saw some gems this week...but some big lumps of coal.
Chico: We'll get to the gems and the coal and more BECAUSE...from somewhere in
America, We Love to Interrupt ... is... ON!
Gordon: Gordon here, along wth Chico Alexander and Jason Block this morning.
Jason: Good morning.
Gordon: We'll get to the debuts this week, but first, I must transform myself
Chico: *deadpan* What it do, internet.
Gordon: (Transforming...beep beeep beeep beep beep)
Chico: Yep. We have a treat for you, J. We're starting with WLTI Theatre.
Jason: (cue overture music)
Chico: Starring Gordon as Rosie O'Donnell... and yours truly as a CBS exec. The
time... Oh, a few weeks ago.
Chico: Here we go...
Jason: Can I play the Exec!
Chico: You can play security if it'll make you happy.
Gordon: The play is called Pricewatch. And it's in 3 acts.
Executive: Ahem. Thanks for meeting with us, Rosie.
Rosie-Borg: Hi there. Thanks for having me. I would loooooooove to be on your
show and I'll do aaaaaanything to get the gig.
Executive: Well, that's fine and good.. but can you do the job? What do you
have to offer to The Price is Right?
Rosie-Borg: Here's what I have to offer. I want to spend more time with the
contestants (who cares if we only have 5 pricing games an hour), I want to have
musical new music and I want to make all of the Barker beauties male and have a
gay old time!
Executive: ... Do you have anything... ELSE to offer? I mean, this isn't going
to require us to move house, is it?
Rosie-Borg: Oh yes, I want to move the show to NYC and I want to run the show.
Executive: (beat.... blink... looks at other execs) ... The position has been
Rosie-Borg: By my breasts?
Rosie-Borg: I will assimilate all of you!
Security: (grabs Rosieborg and tosses her out!
(End of act I)
Chico: That's all of act I... That's all that NEEDS to be of act I.
Executive: Thanks for meeting with us, Ryan. I know you have a busy schedule,
what with the radio and the TV and everything...Listen... Chip, you want a chip?
Have a chip. Take a chip.
Ryan-Borg: Thank you. I'll try to eat the chip between gigs. You know about all
of my background work.
Executive: I think all of America knows about your background work.
Ryan-Borg: I have been a game show host before and I would love to take the
Executive: I'd love to give you a shot at it.
Ryan-Borg: I'll take it for...(Dr. Evil Borg) one...beeeeleeeeeion dollars.
Executive: (beat... blink... looks at other execs)...We don't have... one
Ryan-Borg: Then...I'll just have to take over the world. BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
Executive: Little too late for that. See you in January for the Idol shows.
Ryan-Borg: I've already taken over the television landscape! Next step - the
world! You'll hear from me in January! You'll hear from my...
Security: "come on Idol Boy" (TOSS)
Executive: Sheesh... ... I wonder if the Power of 10 tape came in yet...
(End of act II)
Jason: Act 3?
Gordon: Act 3
Executive: Welcome back Drew. Nice to see you again.
Drew-Borg: I would like to be the host of the show and I would love to carry
the culture of the show.
Executive: Well, you're up against some stiff competition. Mark tested well...
and Todd knows the games... What do you think you can offer?
Drew-Borg: Well, I am a huge fan of the show. Im also a huge game player. I won
$500,000 on Millionaire and I hosted a Who's Line show that's lasted 18
gazillion seasons. I also come with a name and reputation.
Executive: Okay. That just leaves me with three questions. 1... Are you looking
to make any drastic changes to the show to make it less about the game and the
players and more about your fat-ass ego?
Drew-Borg: No. I want to keep everything the way it is and continue The Price
is Right culture.
Executive: Okay. 2... Are you going to ask us for a billion dollars? And free
Drew-Borg: Definitely no hair products. As for the price tag...my lawyers will
call your lawyers.
Executive: Sure you want to do that? Heh. Kidding.. We love our lawyers. We try
to keep them on leashes.
Drew-Borg: I never talk salary in a job interview
Executive: Third question...Are you aware that you already have a show that
tapes in New York and could be the next quiz show hit of the season?
Drew-Borg: Yes, and it's...oh, it's on CBS, isn't it?
Executive: YEAH! August 7, baby!
Drew-Borg: I could do both things. I could certainly spend a week in New York
and roll off 2 months worth of shows, then go to CA and work on TPIR. Heck,
Howie Mandel is going to do the same thing with Deal or No Deal, so why not me?
Executive: Wny not...*pushes button* Claire, clear the next couple weeks..
Drew, we want you to test. But you do realize that if you get the job, it could
create a problem with Power of 10.. Just putting that out right now.
Drew-Borg: No problem at all. I made the Drew Carey show and Who's line work
with my schedule. I'll make this work. Heck, I moved Power of 10 so I could
watch David Beckham play, I can move it around.
Executive: Okay... you hungry? You want lunch?
Executive: Let's get lunch. Hey Security, we're getting lunch. You want to come
with or what?
Security: Sure. I like steak.
Drew-Borg: I'd love a piece of Rosierump
Executive: You and everyone else. Heh.
(This was a representation of what happened in the World of Price this week. Any
similarities to persons living or dead were purely coincidental.)
Chico: Next up on our programming schedule... Ab Fab. (stereotypical ident
music) Okay, gents, it's capsule review time.
Gordon: We're not DOING Ab Fab. But we're going to be going from A to F in
ratings this week.
Chico: We'll go in chronological order... First up... Without Prejudice...The
newest of GSN originals gives five people a chance to... play God and give
$25,000 to one of five OTHER people.
Chico: As with four of every five reality shows out there, it's based on a
British format. Let's start with the good. It's different. That's one good
thing. We need some different up in here.
Jason: This is very different.
Gordon: It's addicting. I taped the show to watch. I got in that night at
midnight and was just going to watch the first segment. I wound up watching the
whole thing and didn't get to bed until 1:30 am.
Chico: Another thing, it doesn't pull any stops. This is humanity at its most
basic level, at it's rawest. Both on the side of the players and the panel.
Jason: Actually, I thought it did -- just a lil
Gordon: I think it was more of the editing. From what I read, the episode
actually lasted 5 hours, but they had to edit to fill.
Chico: About 75 minutes, yeah.
Jason: The editing did look a bit choppy.
Jason: But thats a nit pick
Gordon: I liked the episode. I just hope that the person who gets the money
isn't always the do-gooder choirboy, or it's going to get old quickly.
Jason: Right. You need someone who is a porn star to win, for example.
Chico: I remember one episode of the UK version that showed that the person who
eventually got the money planned to spend it on "fast times and hot women."
Chico: That ep actually aired over here on BBC America.
Gordon: Which I dont get :(
Jason: Oh btw...a little J-Note for you. Remember the balding older-African
Chico: David Rhodes, yes.
Jason: He was in my group of 5 when I auditioned.
Chico: Did they take you for the panel?
Jason: Nope. They never did.
Chico: Drat. Okay, it's compelling, provocative, gritty, and Jason cant' fly
out to judge it. Now to the bad. Is it me, or did Dr. Robi Ludwig seem a mite
Jason: Editing maybe?
Chico: I mean, as with anything that is based on the original, the onus is on
you to be as good as the original... Liza Tarbuck.. she had the delivery down.
But that may be editing.
Gordon: It could be editing. I also thought that in this role, she needed to be
robotic. The focus needs to be on the panel, not the host, who is really just
there to be a conduit.
Jason: Gordon is on the money there.
Chico: She's just there as mediator.
Gordon: I actually prefer someone like Robi than someone who could be
emotionally involved and maybe influence the panel.
Chico: Good point.
Jason: That why they got a psychologist.
Chico: Experts on neutrality.
Gordon: My biggest complaint is that I'm hoping they don't put up the sane
'sort' of people each time up. The choir boy, the porn star, etc. I want to see
an episode with 5 'normal' people. The computer programmer, the mawg, the milf,
Chico: Another SMALL thing... They don't need to add post-prod lighting flares
and superfluous sound effects to, in essence, make it look and feel like a post
-million primetime game show.
Jason: The set is fine as is. The show can be small.
Chico: I agree with that, yeah, but I noticed that there were a few superfluous
things added in post. The light flare...
Gordon: I sort of agree. I do like a jazzed up set. I just don't want it looking
like the same sort of lighting on every other show...
Chico: The "ever-so-dramatic" music.
Gordon: ...Or having the same dramatic music on every other show.
Chico: Okay, anything else?
Jason: I want one guy/girl who has a prejudice to stay that way. I felt the
Polynesian conversion was "forced" but again that was editing...maybe.
Chico: Give him the benefit of the doubt...Or maybe another episode. But this
is a VERY player-driven game.
Gordon: It could also be that he really didn't like the other contestant.
Chico: Almost like she had something to hide.. Even though after all that, I'm
sure she didn't.
Gordon: What I liked the best was that this was a real panel and it didn't feel
like they were actors.
Chico: Oh yeah. Like they're just to get their 15 minutes on the telly and brag
about it to your friends.
Gordon: it felt like 'ok here were 5 real people who had to give out money' and
not 'ok, here are 5 actors who had nothing better to do with their lives'.
Chico: Big Brother!
Chico: Heh.. I had to.
Jason: Totally agree. The pay is $400 bucks here.
Chico: Okay, time to grade... Jason?
Jason: Best show of the summer. A
Gordon: I agree with Jason. So far, it's the best show of the summer, and if
they play it right, could be a staple of GSN programming. Grade: A
Chico: ... People... this is what you should be watching Tuesdays at 9... not
that other show... THIS ONE. A. Okay, now to go over the other show that
premiered this week, ... after a LONG delay, ABC's "Set for Life".
Chico: Where one person... in one evening.. can win a monthly check ... for the
rest of their lives... Starting with the good...Umm...
Jason: There was no good here.
Gordon: Actually, there was one good thing about the show.
Chico: What would that be?
Gordon: The one good thing is that they were smart enough to move it out of a
prime time slot and they moved it to Friday night, where they can burn it off
instead of sticking it in a prime time money spot and losing tons more money.
Chico: That's worth something, right?
Chico: We all like Jimmy Kimmel, right?
Gordon: Not on this show, we don't.
Chico: On his own show?
Jason: I don't watch his show so I can't judge.
Gordon: I like Jimmy Kimmel. It seemed like he was forced to do this show at
Chico: ABC was holding the contract to a puppy's head. "One false move and the
dog gets it, Kimmel."
Jason: Maybe Sarah needed the money.
Chico: Maybe... or maybe they had the casting directors of Show Me the Money
looking for caricatures perhaps?
Gordon: Dear ABC - If you really feel like throwing your money away on a crappy
clone retread game show (since you've now done this twice), what about giving US
Chico: We went over what good we could... Now.... cue the bad. There's... NO
GAME. It's simply a test of will. An excruciating... hourlong... test of well.
Gordon: Nothing worked on this show. Nothing. Everything was wrong, from the
awful and lackluster premise to the caricature contestants to Jimmy being
deadpanned all the way through. I have one word for this show, which described
my feelings when I was watching it. Painful.
Jason: It was generic...there was nothing new here.
Gordon: And we don't even see the whole show, as we actually start with the show
in progress. Each contestant starts with a different amount of money. We have no
idea how they got that money.
Chico: This was made, I should remind you, as a result of and by the same
people behind Deal or No Deal.
Gordon: The white male had over double the amount than the black female. That's
all we know.
Chico: And we have no idea how it got that way. Come on, ABC... give us an
Gordon: The white male (and I'm going to withhold the name to save him
embarrassment for being on a piece of dreck like this) walked off with more than
Chico: Better yet. Beg to Michael Davies for his old gig back.
Gordon: It could have been over $500,000, but his 'angel' stopped him right
there. The woman (who's name I am also going to withhold) comes on with a tiara
on her head. Sure, we're not looking for caricatures, are we?
Chico: Another thing you hate, Gordon... when you have NO control over your
Chico: At least with chance-based games be it wheel-, card-, or other-... you
have some control over your actions. Here... there's literally nothing.
Gordon: Right. the players aren't playing the game. All they are is human sized
cursors. It's actually the angels who are playing the game of 'when do I stop'.
Chico: Then it gets to the point where we're like.. okay, what's the point?
Gordon: The show is non-compelling to the nth degree, there are way too many
times where there's no excitement, and the pacing on when we see what the Angel
does is ridiculously...wait for it...slow. Anyone surprised by that?
Chico: Not really. Trying to create faux drama.
Jason: And we hate faux drama.
Chico: More than we hate New Coke.. and that was worth a tattoo removal. Okay,
gents. I think I know where we're going with this, but just to say we did. Let's
Jason: I just think this was nothing new and nothing original. But this grade
is not for the badness of the game, just because it was not new. C-
Gordon: But my issue is that even if we didn't get the clones before it, is this
a watchable show?
Chico: Did it seduce you?
Gordon: Not even close.
Chico: Did it make me want to root for the player? No, not really.
Gordon: Jay - Is this a watchable show to you?
Gordon: This is not even close to being a watchable show in its own right.
Whoever greenlighted this piece of 'Me Too' should be canned and sent to Juneau
to build igloos for the Eskimos. This was painful to watch. They need to retitle
the show Suck For Life, because it will suck for the Lifetime that it's on the
air - which hopefully will be just that one episode. F.
Chico: Chairman's Warning: Watching this show could potentially be hazardous to
your health. F. Even the Bachelor had redeeming qualities... or the appearance
of them at least.
Gordon: We were mean on this show. it felt good.
Chico: Want to be mean some more?
Jason: I just think you are being too harsh on it. It's nothing new.
Chico: Yeah, but did it have anything to redeem this?
Gordon: Jason. Name me ONE good thing about the show. ONE.
Jason: I can't.
Gordon: So the F is justified. Chico, what's next to be mean on?
Chico: Jen Johnson. Head of Household. Nanny. Model. Superficial beotch. Hated
Gordon: And unfortunately, safe this week, as she wins the Power of Veto.
Chico: All we can hope for is Eric to rise up and be our champion. He's
America's player after all.. and he seems to think like we do.
Gordon: Joe (he of the Dustin gave him Gonorrhea) is out of the house. Evil Dick
is the new Head of Household, and going up on the block is Jen and Kail.
Unfortunately for Kail, Jen won the Power of Veto and her time in the house is
probably over - although Jen is probably dumb enough to keep herself on the
Chico: Probably. Remember Carol?
Gordon: Barely. Blip.
Chico: If you don't play any power social... or if you're just different (see
Lubinski, Mike)... you're gone. So yeah, Tuesday night, we may see if Jen's a
Jenius or just jenuflecting a bunch of non-jense. Okay, I've exhausted my pun
allotment for this entire episode on that one... line.
Gordon: Thank goodness. This was a clash of styles. Carol didn't play the game
at all. Joe played it too hard and too quickly, trying to build alliances and
animosity without trying to create friendships. Kail also played the game too
hard too early, and it's going to results in a busted alliance and her going
Chico: True. Remember, you may be in this for yourself, but everyone else will
choose whether you go home $500K richer... or whether you just go home. So it's
important to just get a feel early, then when power starts becoming an issue
(and you will know this, because if you're a fan, you know once jury building
starts... or what we call "stacking")... make your move. So it remains.. Is
ANYONE in the house capable of said stacking?
Gordon: Not stacking in terms of who to put in as the jury, but Im sure stacking
in terms of who to not see in the jury.
Chico: This is why frenemies fail. Two of the six are gone already.
Gordon: Pretty much, though I will say this - the personalities in the house do
make this a fun season to watch so far.
Jason: How are the ratings holding up
Chico: Let me see..
Gordon: it started down a little, but the ratings have picked up. More
importantly, its winning its time slots.
Chico: ... accurate assessment.
Gordon: This season, you actually have a combination of fun personalities and
good gameplay (with the exception of Jen, who just needs to be put out of her
Chico: I will say this, though, Gordon. More people watched "Don't Forget the
Lyrics" than the HOH competition. 8M vs. 6M.
Gordon: Well, DFTL is the hot show from FOX. It's still doing well. Both singing
shows - still going strong
Chico: Very well. In fact, and we'll get to this when Brainvision starts,
another season of both shows are ordered. One show that NEVER gets old,
though... Jeopardy!. Especially this week =p Accidental pun intended.
Jason: Teen Tournament...summer style.
Chico: And something I don't remember seeing. The entire lineup of TWO shows
coming back for the semis. Monday's players are coming back... and Friday's
players are coming back. Probably won't face each other, but still nice to note
from time to time. So now that we're down to nine, let's handicap. Because...
well, what else can we do here? Fire up the Big Board, please..
The Summer Games
- Monday: Andy
- Tuesday: Aiden
- Wednesday: Greg... or Jeffrey
Chico: I have lineups. Here we go.
Monday: Rachel vs. Andy vs. Kyle.
Chico: Rachel is a wild-card from Friday. Andy is Monday's champ. Kyle's
Thursday's champ. Now Monday, they lead the prelims with strength. That was a
very good day for Andy. If he keeps the momentum up, I see him in the Final.
Gordon: I agree with you
Tuesday: Meryl vs. Aiden vs. Lisa.
Chico: Meryl's a Monday wild-card. Aiden was the dominator on Tuesday. Lisa
knocked out the bubble players as a wild-card on Friday.
Gordon: Aiden looks like a walk
Chico: What I said about Andy can easily be applied to Aiden. Meryl could be a
dark horse, though. She has a wily trigger-thumb. But all things considered,
looks like Aiden. Finally....
Wednesday: Jeffrey vs. Kriti vs. Greg.
Chico: Friday's champ, Wednesday's champ, wild-card on Monday... I'm going to
give this one to Greg. He comes from a tight Monday match. He had to work to
stay competitive. He knows how to work.
Gordon: Just to disagree, Im going to say Jeffrey
Chico: Explain yourself, disagreer.
Gordon: Friday's match was also competitive, as all 3 players made the semis.
Jeffery, I think will be a little bit stronger than Greg, but it should be a
Chico: Well, it'll be a good matchup whoever it is. Speaking of good matchups.
Pop Culture finals baby!
Jason: I have to say that this two week tourney was amazing! First of all Pat
Kiernan had his breakout moment this year. Last year, he was Mr. Ambien. This
year, he let himself go and he had a great time. We had an 8 tie break game. We
had a 0-0 category.
Chico: The tournament had everything, then.
Jason: And the returning champs got bounced in the first round. But the finals
were Team Wocka-Wocka v. Twisted Misters. The Twisted Misters swept and are
$250,000 richer...have a spot in the 2008 show.
Jason: And the trophy
Chico: The world's coolest trophy. Next of course... to the Stanley Cup :)
Jason: Yes. I do have one nitpick with the show this year.
Chico: What's that?
Jason: I think the questions were a bit potty mouthed. Last year they weren't
Chico: It's VH1, what do you expect?
Jason: I know. But still.
Gordon: I thought the questions were easier than last year, so I was
disappointed on that. But I still thought the tournament was solid, and I
thought the team that won it all - Twisted Misters, was just as solid.
Chico: So all in all, a good time...Can't wait for next year? "Gamer Trash"
gonna take it all :-D
Jason: Are you going for it?
Chico: I'm going to see what I can do about it.
Jason: Let me tell you. I also made it as far as 23/25 in the TriviaDome.
Gordon: I'll do it
Chico: It's not the same, though, unless Burton Richardson is there saying
"Alter-Cockers" or "Beeyotches"
Jason: Pat Kiernan comes close.
Chico: I don't know... =p Meanwhile, we have our own team ready here...
"Hamsters in Heat"
Gordon: Which 3 hamsters are we sending? Fluffy, Chariman and Gordon Jr.?
Chico: They're the three smartest ones.
Gordon: Works for me. Go Hamsters!
Chico: I put Cheeseball in the lead wheel two weeks ago, and look how that
Gordon: Not too good.
Chico: Back to the rear for you, my cheesy friend. Okay, Gordon, make news go
Gordon: Roll That Beautiful Brain Footage
Live, local, and latebreaking... From the four corners of the globe to your
frontal lobe, this is WLTI Brainvision News, and now here's Gordon Pepper, Chico
Alexander, and the award-winning Brainvision News Team)
Chico: Okay, ... umm... who's first?
Gordon: I'm first this week. Wanna go out on a date with Tyra Banks?
Chico: Yes. Yes I do.
Jason: Oh yeah.
Tyra shows up on September 19th for the latest series of America's Next Top
Jason: And I believe she is coming to our neck of the woods this time around.
Chico: Yes. Yes she is.
Gordon: She is - NYC, to be exact. Also -
Beauty and the Geek shows up September 18th. Survivor: China debuts September
Jason: With WWE Diva Ashley Massaro
Chico: Yep. An exotic woman... in an exotic locale... with the same post-modern
reality goodness. Game on, b(^_^)es!
Jason: Pretty much.
Chico: Speaking of, next story... Survivor... snubbed.
The noms are out for Outstanding Reality Competition... The nominees are....
The Amazing Race... American Idol... Dancing with the Stars... Project
Runway.... and...wait for it...wait for it...Top Chef.
Gordon: Well deserved, in my opinion, for Top Chef. It's a solid food show which
has had two very good seasons.
Chico: And a third one on right now...AND...AND... a fourth one on the way.
Jason: Top Chef 4 : Chicago
Chico: Believe it.
Gordon: Now...does Top Chef have a prayer of winning?
Chico: Not with Amazing Race in the running.
Gordon: I actually think that Dancing With the Stars will win it
Chico: I think it's a three-way race between Dancing, Runway, and
Race...With Race edging out.
Jason: Dancing will Win.
Chico: Well deserved, whoever it is. From love, we go to hate.
Jason: It's hot in NYC. I need a big shot
Gordon: Ok, For Haterade, we're going to play a game. Playmania's Word Slam!
Chico: But that takes forever! :)
_ O W
_ A T
P _ T
_ E L T
Gordon: (WRONG BUZZER) Good guess, though. Keep trying
Gordon: (WRONG BUZZER) Good guess though, Keep trying
Gordon: (WRONG BUZZER)
Gordon: (WRONG BUZZER)
Gordon: (WRONG BUZZER)
Gordon: (Stares at Chico and Jason and doesn't say anything for 5 minutes)
Gordon: (WRONG BUZZER)
Gordon: Now imagine doing this for 2 hours. That's right. 2 hours of Playmania.
Jason: Oh my goodness.
Gordon: It would be bad enough if we had 1 night of this.
Chico: You mean there's mooooore?
Gordon: But we get 2, and I'll let Roland D. Smallwood tell us more in his
From: Roland D. Smallwood
On a Thursday night some weeks
ago, Iím sure some of us remember this exact game running for the entire
two hours, only for Shandi to end up giving the money away at the last
second after TWO hints on a three-letter word. The moment I saw it tonight
[Saturday night/Sunday morning] ten minutes into the program, I turned my
TV off; I was convinced that the game would last pretty close to the end of
Currently, Iím right: itís 1:45, itís still on, and that droning music you
can equate to Ben Steinís voice (when he can get that Ferris Bueller boring
tone) is playing in the background.
Jason: Can I pull what little hair is on my head off of it?
Chico: Me too?
Jason: You don't have hair. That would hurt.
Gordon: Not to be too confusing, I played Crossword, but it's the same effect -
it's lame that only 1 game is playing throughout the show. And if you've been
following current events (the financial problems with the major company behind
Playmania), you know they have to cut down the budget. Unfortunately, I am
guessing that this trend will continue for awhile, because it stops them from
giving out your money. Keeping in mind that both Midnight Money Madness and
MyGames Fever did the same sort of things before they got yanked off the air,
this is not boding too well for Playmania.
Jason: Not at all.
Chico: Especially given that one night was taken away for WP encores.
Gordon: I dont think it was unintentional, either. If GSN loses this show, they
are in deep, deep trouble.
Chico: Didn't this happen back in the days when GSN was doing the Wheel Bonus
and the final Jeopardy! as well?
Gordon: I wonder if Rich Cronin is leaving because he sees the writing on the
wall and doesn't want to go down with the ship.
Chico: Wouldn't put it past him. Remember TV Land?
Chico: TV Land ain't hardly worth watching no more. Same with ABC Family. A)
the Power Rangers reruns moved to Toon Disney and b) anything worth watching on
ABCFam will be repurposed to ABC proper. Corporate television, don't you love
Gordon: I dont - and if they lose Playmania, then they are in deep trouble.
Jason: Very deep trouble.
Chico: So deep they have to dig UP for oil.
Gordon: Or call Endemol and plead with them to come over and pick up the slack.
Chico: Yeah, how's Take the Cake doing? =p
Gordon: You tell me, Mr. Ratings man. How IS Take the Cake doing?
Chico: ... You know something... I have NO IDEA. Of course, the situation in
the UK... isn't helping.
Gordon: Sounds like a segue-way. Lets go to the UK.
Chico: ... you want to go Global?
Jason: Yes :)
Chico: Okay, here's the thing...
The BBC has yanked ALL... of its interactive programming. And by that, we
mean all phone-ins. All TV and radio contests of that sort? Gone. Senior
editorial staffers? Gone. BBC's reputation for that sort of thing? Gone. They've
been trying to build back public trust by apologizing and announching plans to
prevent further abuses of said trust. Repercussions... many.
Chico: Amongst them the sudden downturn on our side of the ocean for Playmania.
This comes as BBC is staring at the business end of a $100,000 fine for Ofcom
breaches. Coincidence? Doubtful.
Jason: And also this effects every other channel who does this sort of thing in
the UK and here.
Chico: This could signal.. and I hate to be alarmist.. but this could signal...
the end of participation TV as we know it.
Gordon: It's amazing what happens when you have a bunch of money and people with
the moral quota of a walnut.
Chico: Funny, I thought they all went to Washington :)
Jason: Pretty much...how in the blue hell do you think you can get away with
FAKING a game show?
Chico: That's pretty much like... and I'll use a quote from "Quiz Show"...
"plagiarizing a comic book" Chairman's homework to all IPTV programmers.. watch
"Quiz Show"... over and over again.
Jason: This I think will get deeper...and i dont think BBC will be the only one
who does this.
Chico: They're not. Channel 4 was already fined... BBC just got hit. And these
are just the ones we know about. Fear is a very vicious animal. And it cares not
whom its dinner is.
Jason: Right on.
Gordon: I think its going to get worse before it gets better - and woe to anyone
in the US if they find anything on these shores.
Chico: I've seen that ep of Quiznation with the ONE game.. Trust me. They don't
have to worry ... YET. But if these regulations come stateside.. Watch out.
Chico: Could mean that Dancing and Idol can't play anymore... and it could mean
that there are no more media hoes.
Gordon: We'll never get rid of media hoes - no matter how hard we try.
Chico: Okay, Gordon... You have your work cut out for you. There are a lot of
hoes this week.
We start with the departing hoes. Jupiter Mendoza, Hilary Graham, Shalini
Kantaya, Lia...all gone Paula Abdul insists that she's sober, Bruno and Carrie
Ann from Dancing With the Stars will be bringing 'Dance X' to the states, Merv
Griffin is being treated for prostate cancer. get better soon, Merv.
Chico: We love you, man.
Jason: We do. Please get well soon.
Wink Martindale gets his Game Show Awards at the Game Show Congress (Yay!),
while Noel Edmonds loses three million pounds on a bad deal.
Chico: Six million dollars. 3 million pounds.
Jason: Exchange rate. Bad exchange rate.
Gordon: And because Noel may need a rest, we have a big comfy red sofa on the
Jason: Cool. The Casting Couch(Tm)
Chico: Let me get a throw pillow for you.
Gordon: We start with more...5th grader.
In the southern California area? Check it out here -
Gordon: If you want to try a new game show, then try Do You Trust me.
The show is looking for, and I quote, 'big characters with interesting life
Gordon: I'm personally looking for the ad for people with good gameplaying
Jason: Me too.
Gordon: Finally, one of my favorite shows is being renewed, Pros Vs. Joes 3
Jason: Way Sweet. Want to get your butt kicked by pro athletes?
If you do, go here -
Chico: And if you prefer something less strenuous. Bingo is still casting. it's
pushing a button on TV. Go to ABC.com for that.
Gordon: The ho of the week - Asia, who won the Search for the Next Pussycat
Doll. Asia has decided that she no longer wants to be a doll and is going out on
her own as a soloist.
Chico: Good luck with that. No, really...
Gordon: Chances of succeeding?
Chico: *stifles laughter*
Gordon: And those...are your hoes.
Chico: And finally, let's get Fully Loaded!
Chico: This week... Practice for Hoes in Training..
Ludia has signed on to produce a new TPIR PC game. That should be heading to
shelves soon. Meanwhile, you like the Feud? You like cash? You like to play the
Feud FOR cash? Go to Worldwinner.com and you'll get a chance to do just that.
Chico: So practice for TPIR and Feud. Two games in one.
Chico: How cool is that?
Jason: Very cool
Gordon: And thats it for Brainvision. Shut it down.
Jason: Shutting down
Chico: Okay, more fun in a moment, but first. Here's the last YLTI. We asked
what you have your boxes programmed to last couple of weeks. 64%... World Series
of Pop Culture. 28% go with the Singing Bee. 8%... Don't Forget the Lyrics. And
a whopping ZERO for Leonid and Man-Kira. Sorry, Gordon.
Chico: This week, an Emmy question...
Chico: Answer next week. Up next, we go bracket hunting.. and find some
premium brackets. This is WLTI. Five years... still no Emmys.
(Brainvision has been brought to you by The Singing Beef. The Next Food
Network Stars, for their first challenge next season, must sing a Britney Spears
song while cooking a pot roast).